How many of you believe you are made for something bigger? That you are destined to change the world, if even in a seemingly small way?
If you don’t feel that way, you should.
Because you are created for greatness.
We all are. But here’s the thing…before we can spread wide and high like God has planned for us, we must first dig down deep and establish a strong foundation. In this way, we as women are like trees. Not just any trees, though. We are like aspens. Based on the gospel truths found on Wikipedia (a definite sarcasm, but at least in the case of aspens it appears to be factually and scientifically sound):
“All aspens typically grow in large clonal colonies, derived from a single seedling, and spread by means of root suckers; new stems in the colony may appear at up to 30–40 m (98–131 ft) from the parent tree. Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived. In some cases, this is for thousands of years, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground.
Some aspen colonies become very large with time, spreading about 1 m (3.3 ft) per year, eventually covering many hectares (for those of us not well versed in crazy units of measure, a hectare is a metric unit of square measure, equal to 100 acres). They are able to survive forest fires, because the roots are below the heat of the fire, with new sprouts growing after the fire burns out.
Aspens do not thrive in the shade, which means that fire indirectly benefits aspen trees, since it allows the saplings to flourish in open sunlight in the burned landscape.”
How crazy is that? These trees are not that jaw-dropping to look at one at a time; in terms of overall trunk size and height they do not appear to have impressive strength or longevity. But it is what is beneath the surface that counts, and the intense root system that these trees have is what makes them able to withstand natural disasters and able to live longer and more fully than they would ever be able to do if planted as singular units.
The same is absolutely true of us women.
Alone we are forces to be reckoned with. Together we form strong, unshakable bonds that can help us weather storms and grow unbelievably strong. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Isn’t that a powerful promise? Whether you are a single mom trying to hold your family together while working two jobs, or you are an empty-nester, or you are working through any number other life events or situations or scenarios – you are needed, you are loved, you are called, you are equipped. Believe that. It is God’s promise, and it is a blessing that comes when we let others into our lives, as well.
Hold onto that thought today, as you care for kiddos and slog through tough decisions and battle the monotony of these days. We were created for community, whether that community is a party of two or a group of twelve. When we come alongside one another and offer encouragement, we can get so much closer to the calling God has for our lives, even amid hardships and struggles and hurting hearts – all of which are part and parcel of the broken lives we live on Earth.
Be blessed today, dear ones!